The new image of Earth captured by Meteosat
August 9, 2012
The new European meteorological geostationary satellite was able to capture a spectacular image of the Earth, which accounts for its great performance, but has not yet come into operation, what will happen in six months.
The satellite launched on Sunday by the European Space Agency (ESA), is the famous Meteosat Second Generation (MSG-3) and has a camera SEVIRI (Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager), with which this image was taken.
With this feature, the satellite can generate better forecasts of very short range, like fog and storms, for Europe and Africa.
According to ESA, “SEVIRI scans the Earth’s surface and atmosphere every 15 minutes in 12 different wavelengths, to evaluate the development of clouds. It can put its focus on landscapes of a mile wide in the visible and infrared two miles.”